LAWRENCE BOOTH: John Edrich was utterly selfless and his team-mates loved him for it

John Edrich was arguably the gutsiest of all England openers, by no means far more so than in his ultimate Test innings in 1976 when, aged 39, he and the 45-calendar year-previous Brian Shut survived a fearful barrage of limited-pitched bowling from Michael Holding and Andy Roberts at Aged Trafford.

At stumps on the 3rd day of the 3rd Test in opposition to West Indies, Edrich had 10 and Shut 1 – runs, that is, not bruises, which numbered numerous far more. Edrich burst out laughing at the absurdity of it all.

Considering that there were being no helmets in all those times, and small else by way of defense, their bravery turned the things of legend. However, next early morning, the sum overall of their perform was 24 runs for Edrich in two several hours and 20 minutes, and 20 for Shut in two several hours and 42.

Former England cricket great John Edrich has passed away aged 83, it has been confirmed

Previous England cricket terrific John Edrich has handed away aged eighty three, it has been verified

Edrich, seen here playing against Australia at the Oval in 1972 (right), enjoyed a long and successful career with England and Surrey

Edrich, seen listed here enjoying in opposition to Australia at the Oval in 1972 (proper), savored a prolonged and successful job with England and Surrey


– John Edrich scored 39,790 1st-class runs at 45, placing him nineteenth on the all-time listing. Among the still left-handers, only Frank Woolley and Philip Hendren scored far more.

– He was the main run-scorer in an English 1st-class period 3 moments, in 1962 (two,482 runs at fifty one), 1965 (two,319 runs at 62) and 1969 (two,238 at just about 70).

– He was Guy of the Match in the 1st ODI, at Melbourne in 1970-seventy one, immediately after scoring eighty two – though England missing by five wickets.

– No participant in Test history scored far more runs in opposition to Australia than Edrich’s two,644 without having registering a duck.

After they fell, so did England: from 54 without having loss to 126 all out, immediately after a 1st-innings overall of seventy one, to which Edrich had contributed eight in 108 minutes. He was totally selfless, and his workforce-mates liked him for it. His death at the age of eighty three feels like the passing of a less complicated, more challenging era.

A 1st-class job that began with Surrey in 1956 and finished in 1978 had prepared him very well for that ferocious night in Manchester. At several moments, he had his hand shattered by Fred Trueman and Frank Tyson, his head practically knocked off by South Africa’s Peter Pollock, and his ribs rearranged by Dennis Lillee throughout England’s traumatic 1974-75 Ashes defeat, when Edrich captained his state for the only time, at the SCG.

The title of his 1970 autobiography, Operates in the Relatives, referred to the actuality that he was the youngest of the five Edriches, a renowned Norfolk cricketing relatives, to enjoy at 1st-class level – his most celebrated cousin, Invoice, 21 decades John’s senior, had lit up the 1947 summer time for Middlesex and England with Denis Compton. And the book’s opening line was characteristically matter-of-actuality: ‘Some of my most effective good friends have set me in hospital.’ 

But Edrich was much far more than an uncomplaining punchbag. Remaining-handed, very well-organised, minimal on ego and the operator of a merciless sq. reduce, he finished with 103 1st-class hundreds of years, which include 12 for England – and 7 in opposition to Australia, and 1 every single at Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Only Hobbs, Gower, Boycott, Hammond and Sutcliffe scored far more than his two,644 Ashes runs for England. 

John (centre) pictured with his young daughter, who he leaves behind having died aged 83

John (centre) pictured with his youthful daughter, who he leaves guiding having died aged 83 

The England opener with his first wife Pat, who he later divorced before marrying Judith, who passed away last year

The England opener with his 1st wife Pat, who he afterwards divorced before marrying Judith, who handed away very last calendar year

In the 1970-seventy one series, Edrich’s 648 runs assisted Ray Illingworth’s workforce win two-, despite the Australian umpires’ refusal to grant England a solitary lbw conclusion in six Tests. Also on that tour, he scored the 1st boundary in 1-day internationals – a flick by means of midwicket – throughout a hastily arranged match at the MCG.  

Over all, he understood how to get his likelihood. In his second 1st-class sport for Surrey, he manufactured 112 and 124 in opposition to Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

And even though his early path into the Test workforce was typically blocked by Boycott immediately after Edrich’s debut – mirroring his farewell – in opposition to West Indies at Aged Trafford in 1963, Boycott’s absences twice still left an opening. Two times, Edrich cashed in: a hundred and twenty in opposition to Australia at Lord’s in 1964 in his 1st Ashes Test, then an epic 310 not out in opposition to New Zealand in 1965 at Headingley, when he was on the area throughout.

John came from a famous family of cricketers, including his cousin Bill (second right), seen here with Dennis Compton (right)

John came from a famous relatives of cricketers, which include his cousin Invoice (second proper), seen listed here with Dennis Compton (proper)

John Edrich coaches school children at a Daily Mail Boys And Girls Exhibition at Olympia London

John Edrich coaches faculty children at a Daily Mail Boys And Girls Exhibition at Olympia London

His 57 boundaries in that innings – 52 fours and five sixes – continues to be a Test history no 1 else has managed even fifty. England’s card was now marked. 

Two hundreds adopted in Australia that winter season, and Edrich was very well on the way to his eventual tally of 77 Tests and 5,138 runs at forty three.

John Arlott captured his essence: ‘He had numerous technical limitations, understood them, and played inside of them, by no means assuming also substantially being aware of invariably what to hit, what to enjoy and what to depart.’

He went on to be named as the President of Surrey Cricket Club, where he spent his career. The gates at the Oval’s Pavilion End are named after him

He went on to be named as the President of Surrey Cricket Club, the place he invested his job. The gates at the Oval’s Pavilion Conclusion are named immediately after him

Edrich went on to develop into England’s batting coach, and president of his beloved Surrey, the place the gates at the Oval’s Pavilion Conclusion are named immediately after him. Mark Butcher, yet another Surrey still left-hander who played 70-odd Tests, described him as a club legend, even though Ian Botham yesterday remembered a ‘wonderful man’.

It was regular that a terminal leukaemia prognosis in 2000 proved large of the mark: specified 7 decades to dwell, Edrich survived yet another 20, a fighter until the conclusion.